If you go

What: Panel discussion: Human Rights in the Age of Trump

When: 7-9 p.m. Thursday, March 23

Where: Room 250 of Eaton Humanities Building on the University of Colorado's Boulder campus

The last presidential campaign made clear that there is still widespread hatred and discrimination here against vulnerable populations such as minorities, women, poor people (especially the homeless), Native Americans, immigrants and the LGBTQ community. These vulnerable populations have been targeted and abused for generations, but the threats they are facing today under the Trump administration are painfully obvious and cannot be ignored.

Fortunately many new people are coming forward to join ongoing efforts to protect these vulnerable groups and to oppose shameful efforts to ban immigrants from a number of majority Muslim nations. Having large numbers of people standing up for justice and human rights can make a huge difference. For example, the large turnouts at Congressional offices on health care, an issue that has a major impact on the most vulnerable, may play a role in stopping the current Republican proposal.

As Martin Luther King Jr. said: "Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere." Therefore, we must acknowledge the role U.S. foreign policy plays in denying human rights to people elsewhere. Our unwarranted and illegal military attacks play a devastating role in undermining their rights to life, liberty and security of person. Instead of using the military as a first option in a dispute, the U.S. must try diplomacy as the first option.


There will be a panel discussion on these topics at 7 p.m. Thursday, March 23, in Room 250 of Eaton Humanities Building on the University of Colorado's Boulder campus.

The panelists are Vinnie Cervantes from the Denver Justice Project, who will discuss transforming the role of police in our society as well as DJP's goals to end mass incarceration and seek racial justice; Hadi Hashmi will speak on the impacts of Trump policies on Muslims; Martín Chamorro, a former adjunct professor at CU Boulder and founder of the software company BigSIS, will consider how the Trump administration's policies pose a great threat to immigrants and what can be done to reverse these trends; Christinia Eala, a Sicangu-Lakota elder who spent three and a half months at Standing Rock, will present on the Native American struggle against the Dakota Access Pipeline; and Ron Forthofer from the Rocky Mountain Peace and Justice Center will talk about human rights and U.S. foreign policy.

Presentations by the panelists will be followed by discussion and a Q&A session.

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